Canadian receiver Chase Claypool scores first NFL touchdown on 84-yard reception

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Canadian receiver Chase Claypool has made an outstanding play for the second consecutive NFL game in his rookie season.

The native of Abbotsford, B.C. caught an 84-yard touchdown pass on Sunday from Ben Roethlisberger to put his Pittsburgh Steelers ahead 14-3 over the Denver Broncos. It was the first score of his NFL career.

Claypool beat rookie cornerback Michael Ojemudia on the play along the left sideline. The six-foot-four, 235-pound receiver tiptoed along the sideline and managed to stay in bounds, recording almost 50 yards after the catch for the touchdown.

In his NFL debut last week, Claypool made a highlight-reel catch against the New York Giants. The 28-yard grab along the sidelines was one of the top plays of the week. Pro Football Focus recognized Claypool’s work by naming him the highest graded rookie of Week 1.

The 2020 second-round NFL draft pick earned the nickname ‘Mapletron’ in training camp, a Canadian twist on Calvin Johnson’s nickname ‘Megatron.’ He launched a line of merchandise with the name earlier this week.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.